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The United States and Israel have agreed that “operational plans against Iran” must be accelerated as the country continues to advance its nuclear program.
A year ago, Islamic fundamentalist Taliban swept into the Afghan capital of Kabul following the collapse of the country's elected government.
​Republican on House Foreign Affairs Committee, releasing report this week, knocked Biden admin for “complete lack and failure to plan” exit.
GOP senators urged DoD to investigate whistleblower allegations that hundreds of Afghan evacuees on official watchlists were released into U.S..
Key Takeaways An agreement could be announced as soon as next week and is sure to be lauded as a diplomatic triumph by the Biden White House.Tehran will pocket billions of dollars in sanctions relief to finance its hostile policy...
The Biden administration on Friday waived sanctions related to Iran’s civilian nuclear activities, reversing the Trump administration’s decision to rescind them. Secretary of State Antony Blinken signed several sanctions waivers related to Iran’s civilian nuclear activities which would exempt foreign countries and companies that work...
The chief U.S. envoy to the Taliban on Dec. 1 expressed concern over emerging reports that the Taliban terrorist group has summarily killed or forcibly “disappeared” more than 100 former police and intelligence officers since seizing control of Kabul in August. Thomas...
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a new investigation into a 2019 airstrike in Syria that led to multiple civilian deaths, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby announced on Monday. The renewed probe will be led by U.S. Army Forces commander Gen. Michael Garrett within a 90-day deadline. It aims...
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Wednesday issued a terrorism advisory, warning that al-Qaeda- and ISIS-linked terrorists are likely to maintain an online presence in an attempt to inspire U.S.-based individuals to engage in violent activity, following the withdrawal...
Lt. Col. Scheller’s attorney, parents make their case as GOP lawmakers request honorable discharge The Marine who publicly criticized a chaotic Afghanistan exit, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr., is using his "17 years of good service" to make a case for an honorable discharge,...
President Joe Biden’s administration is withholding information about Afghanistan, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko said during a speech on Friday. As an example, Sopko said, the Department of Defense (DoD) withheld information on the performance of Afghan security...
The State Department’s inspector general is launching a series of investigations into the end of the Biden administration’s diplomatic operations in Afghanistan, according to State Department and congressional officials, as well as documents viewed by POLITICO. The reviews will focus...
The Taliban won’t cooperate with the United States to contain the ISIS terrorist group after it claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that killed dozens of people in the northern city of Kunduz last week, according to a spokesman for the...
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller’s defense team has criticized military officials for leaking case documents ahead of an Oct. 14 trial by special court-martial, saying that the leak is designed to harm Scheller’s reputation and distract people from his calls for accountability...